Tickets go on sale on May 22 for the forty-second season of Upper Darby Summer Stage, and on July 5 the lights go up on the first of the season’s seven musical theater productions.
The Mainstage production is the highlight of the season as young adult participants, Summer Stage staff and alumni perform in the Philadelphia regional premiere of the new musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The epic musical is based on the classic Victor Hugo novel and the Walt Disney Animation Studio film of the same name.
The family series of summer performances includes seven high-caliber musicals presented in six weeks, showcasing the talents of young performers from throughout the Delaware Valley.
Performances begin on July 5 and end on August 11. The shows take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Tickets for the season go on sale to the public on May 23rd and audiences may visit www.udpac.org or call the box office at 610.822.1189 to purchase tickets.
The Mainstage production – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Victor Hugo’s epic tale of hope, love and passion – soars to life in the emotionally charged retelling of the celebrated classic. The season’s Mainstage show is the pinnacle of the Summer Stage season and will be an epic, full-scale production with full orchestra and on-stage adult choir. It will offer top-production value that will appeal to everyone who loves musical theater. The cast includes young people up to the age of 28 years old. Performances are July 28, 29, August 4, 5 at 7:30 pm, with matinees on July 29 and August 5 at 1:30 pm.
In addition to the Mainstage production, Upper Darby Summer Stage presents six, one-hour long children’s theater musicals including “Annie, Jr.,” “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr.,” “Shrek, Jr.,” “How I Became a Pirate,” “Curious George, The Golden Meatball,” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” All Children’s Theater shows are perfect for children age four and up and are approximately sixty minutes long. Performances begin on July 5 until August 11 with performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am and on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.
Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has set a very high standard for live musicals performed by young people. With an artistic vision that includes creating the best possible performances for family audiences, the young people in the program are empowered by the creativity and commitment of the professional staff.
Upper Darby Summer Stage is one of the most successful youth theater programs in the country as over 700 young people from the Philadelphia region participate in the program. They perform for over 32,000 ticket-holders who enjoy the shows from throughout the metro area.
In the short span of six weeks Summer Stage presents 34 performances including the Children’s Theater and Mainstage performances, one-act performances, a Dance Troupe performance and a Cabaret production. Summer Stage’s staff of over 100 professional directors, choreographers, costumers, and technicians is committed to providing excellent musical theater training and high-quality performances for families throughout the region.
Summer Stage and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center has been recognized three consecutive years as the “The Best Children’s Theater” by Main Line Parent Magazine. HulaFrog recently recognized Upper Darby Performing Arts Center was as the “Most Loved Place to Go” within the Philadelphia region. Founder and Executive Director, Harry Dietzler received the Barrymore Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and in June 2016, Mr. Dietzler received an Honorable Mention in the Tony Award’s Excellence in Theater Education Awards, the only theater teacher in the state of Pennsylvania to be recognized out of a field of over 3,000 applicants.